Tamiko Nishimura - Photographs London Tuesday, November 22, 2022 | Phillips
  • “I think I’ve been drawn to what lies beyond the union of seer and seen, wanting to give shape to things that fall apart soon after they’re photographed. Or perhaps it’s the ineffable attraction to the unseen. Only lately, very faintly, do these things occur to me.”
    —Tamiko Nishimura, 2012

    In this charming image, we see a local sweetshop with treats, including soft pastries laid out within the vitrine, packs of gum, lollipops, chocolates and biscuits enticingly arranged across the counter. The vitrine’s reflection shows the Japanese photographer Tamiko Nishimura (b.1948) with her camera and a zebra crossing behind. Explaining her candid approach, the artist notes, ‘I have always taken snapshots with my camera whether I am walking, on trains, buses or boats. It is a stance that has never changed in the past several decades.’ Captured in 1978, this photograph represents a poignant vision of childhood nostalgia, rendered in black and white, transporting us to another place and time.

    • Provenance

      Directly from the artist

    • Exhibited

      City: Tokyo, Ginza Nikon Salon, Tokyo, 1980, this lot



Gelatin silver print.
28.7 x 43.3 cm (11 1/4 x 17 in.)
Signed in rōmaji, titled and dated in Japanese/English in pencil on the verso.

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£5,000 - 7,000 

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London Auction 22 November 2022